Implant, Extensive Rehab Helps 3 Paralyzed Patients Walk Again: Studies

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Kelly Thomas inches across the soft grass, using a walker to navigate her way. Each step is exhilarating and exhausting. She pauses amid the 90-degree Florida heat and smiles.

“It only takes a little bit of try — and by a little, I mean a lot,” she says.

Thomas, 24, is one of three paralyzed patients who can now walk again, thanks to a stimulation device implanted in her lower back coupled with intense physical therapy. News of the patients’ progress — considered an...

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